PHOENIX - A man who led police on a high-speed chase in Phoenix and then fatally shot himself on live television on Friday has been identified.
Phoenix police Sgt. Tommy Thompson said Jodon Romero, 33, first carjacked a 2008 Dodge Caliber at gunpoint from two people at a local restaurant around 11 a.m. MST.
The vehicle drove through red lights at high speed as officers pursued, refusing to stop. Officers fell back due to safety concerns, and undercover vehicles and a police helicopter were deployed to track the suspect.
Romero then fired at officers in parked patrol vehicles, striking one of the cars, according to police.
He then fled onto westbound Interstate 10, driving at excessive speeds and swerving around vehicles before exiting onto a dirt road.
Romero exited the vehicle and then stumbled a short distance before pulling out a gun and fatally shooting himself in the head at approximately 12:30 MST, according to Thompson.
Helicopter video carried the event live around the country on Fox News, and anchor Shepard Smith quickly issued an on-air apology .
Thompson said the investigation is ongoing and that Romero had a felony warrant for his arrest for Parole Violation on a weapons charge and may have had another warrant for his arrest as well. He also had a criminal record involving numerous violent crimes.
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